Definitions for: Blast

[n] a long and hard-hit fly ball
[n] intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
[n] a sudden very loud noise
[n] an explosion (as of dynamite)
[n] a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust"
[v] use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"
[v] hit hard; "He smashed a 3-run homer"
[v] make a strident sound; "She tended to blast when speaking into a microphone"

Webster (1913) Definition: -blast [Gr. ? sprout, shoot.]
A suffix or terminal formative, used principally in
biological terms, and signifying growth, formation; as,
bioblast, epiblast, mesoblast, etc.

Blast (bl[.a]st), n. [AS. bl[=ae]st a puff of wind, a
blowing; akin to Icel. bl[=a]str, OHG. bl[=a]st, and fr. a
verb akin to Icel. bl[=a]sa to blow, OHG. bl[^a]san, Goth.
bl[=e]san (in comp.); all prob. from the same root as E.
blow. See Blow to eject air.]
1. A violent gust of wind.

And see where surly Winter passes off, Far to the
north, and calls his ruffian blasts; His blasts
obey, and quit the howling hill. --Thomson.

2. A forcible stream of air from an orifice, as from a
bellows, the mouth, etc. Hence: The continuous blowing to
which one charge of ore or metal is subjected in a
furnace; as, to melt so many tons of iron at a blast.

Note: The terms hot blast and cold blast are employed to
designate whether the current is heated or not heated
before entering the furnace. A blast furnace is said to
be in blast while it is in operation, and out of blast
when not in use.

3. The exhaust steam from and engine, driving a column of air
out of a boiler chimney, and thus creating an intense
draught through the fire; also, any draught produced by
the blast.

4. The sound made by blowing a wind instrument; strictly, the
sound produces at one breath.

One blast upon his bugle horn Were worth a thousand
men. --Sir W.

The blast of triumph o'er thy grave. --Bryant.

5. A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind,
especially on animals and plants; a blight.

By the blast of God they perish. --Job iv. 9.

Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast.

6. The act of rending, or attempting to rend, heavy masses of
rock, earth, etc., by the explosion of gunpowder,
dynamite, etc.; also, the charge used for this purpose.
``Large blasts are often used.'' --Tomlinson.

7. A flatulent disease of sheep.

Blast furnace, a furnace, usually a shaft furnace for
smelting ores, into which air is forced by pressure.

Blast hole, a hole in the bottom of a pump stock through
which water enters.

Blast nozzle, a fixed or variable orifice in the delivery
end of a blast pipe; -- called also blast orifice.

In full blast, in complete operation; in a state of great
activity. See Blast, n., 2. [Colloq.]

Blast, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blasted; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To injure, as by a noxious wind; to cause to wither; to
stop or check the growth of, and prevent from
fruit-bearing, by some pernicious influence; to blight; to

Seven thin ears, and blasted with the east wind.
--Gen. xii. 6.

2. Hence, to affect with some sudden violence, plague,
calamity, or blighting influence, which destroys or causes
to fail; to visit with a curse; to curse; to ruin; as, to
blast pride, hopes, or character.

I'll cross it, though it blast me. --Shak.

Blasted with excess of light. --T. Gray.

3. To confound by a loud blast or din.

Trumpeters, With brazen din blast you the city's
ear. --Shak.

4. To rend open by any explosive agent, as gunpowder,
dynamite, etc.; to shatter; as, to blast rocks.

Blast, v. i.
1. To be blighted or withered; as, the bud blasted in the

2. To blow; to blow on a trumpet. [Obs.]

Toke his blake trumpe faste And gan to puffen and to
blaste. --Chaucer.

Synonyms: attack, bang, blare, blow, blowup, boom, clap, eruption, fire, flack, flak, gust, loud noise, nail, shell, smash, strafe

See Also: bluster, bomb, bomb blast, bombard, criticism, crump, detonation, explosion, fly, fly ball, hit, make noise, noise, noise, puff, puff of air, resound, sandblast, unfavorable judgment, water hammer, whiff, wind

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